Soneva Fushi resort to teach all Baa atoll Grade 3 students to swim this year
Soneva Fushi resort kicked off a swimming program for Grade 3 students of all Baa atoll islands.
The resort initially carried out a program to train swimming instructors; it was conducted in the atoll’s Maalhos island from 5 to 21 May in association with Maldives Lifeguard Association. Fourteen students from Maalhos school’s Grade 3 were taught how to swim under that segment while on Sunday the Learn-to-swim program was initiated for Grade 3 students of Baa Atoll Education Center (BAEC). Around 50 students from BAEC are participating the program that will conclude on June 3.
The resort’s aim is to make children familiar with the sea in order to inculcate in them a sense of importance of the environment, according to Soneva Fushi’s Community Engagement Manager, Aisha Niyaz, who said that before the end of this year, all Grade 3 students of the atoll will be taught how to swim under the program that was initially started with the involvement of students from Maalhos and Eydhafushi.
“One of the objectives of the swimming program is to encourage children not to litter the sea. After the program is over, we will provide the opportunity for the children to snorkel around their hometown island’s house reef. Each student will be gifted with goggles,” she said.
Aisha said that Councils of Baa atoll islands and Maldives Police Service (MPS) are extending great cooperation to the program and that Soneva Fushi sincerely conveys the resort’s deep appreciation to them.
Soneva Fushi last year also conducted a swimming program in association with National Geographic’s writer, filmmaker, adventurer and marine researcher Jon Bowermaster. Under that project, Grade 3 students of BAEC and their parents were taught how to swim and a documentary was prepared on the status of the sea and coral reefs of the Maldives archipelago.